Catholic high school bans lesbian couple from prom

By Andrew Jones
Monday, May 14, 2012 11:16 EDT
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High school couple Hope Decker and Tiffany Wright. Screenshot via Lex 18 TV.
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A teenage same sex couple was denied entrance to their Kentucky high school’s prom Saturday night because of the school’s Catholic principles.

According to Lex18 TV in Lexington, Kentucky, 18-year-old Hope Decker and her girlfriend Tiffany Wright explained their disappointment with Lexington Catholic High School not allowing them entrance with their fellow classmates.

“What I did experience in the dean’s office was blatant homophobia,” Decker said. “We were told this school had Catholic principles and so they we couldn’t let it happen.”

“Well first, I was really upset,” Wright said. “I mean, we both cried. I was like, this was ridiculous, there’s got to be something we’ve got to do about this. I just think it’s ridiculous that a school that fosters love and equality is doing something like this to its own students.”

Decker and Wright decided to still dress up and hold an outdoor version of their prom with their friends right outside.

Lexington Catholic High School has yet to comment on the issue but says that it adheres to the principles of the Catholic church.

The pro-LGBT group Kentucky Equality’s Public Relations and Media Director Joshua Koch told The Raw Story that they would get involved in the incident only if they were requested.

“Usually we go through, we are going to do a preliminary investigation,” before getting officially involved Koch said. He added, “We haven’t [had any contact with the girls] from my knowledge. Either of our directors has authority to approach individuals independently… and offer our services.”

WATCH: Video from Lex 18 TV, which was broadcast on May 12, 2012.

UPDATE: Koch emailed Raw Story to add: “While we are sympathetic to the couple’s plight, our organization is very busy handling hate crimes and aggressive discrimination. This is not as simple as a public discrimination case, as it involves a religious organization and a private school. We are not seeking involvement in this case, as this time. If asked, we will conduct an investigation before deciding whether or not to offer our services.”

[Ed. note: This post was updated after publication.]

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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